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Christian instrumental in Pride win over the Jets

Northern Pride may have looked at the Hostplus Cup draw and thought not Ipswich first round... the Pride have only won once at North Ipswich Reserve in 11 attempts with a draw chucked in there too.

But, for Pride, 2022 has kicked off with a comprehensive win over the Ipswich Jets; a great start for the Cairns-based outfit. 

It was a win that was achieved through a great defensive effort that kept the Jets scoreless until the last ten minutes.

Former Jet Julian Christian came back to the North Ipswich Reserve with a try in the fifth minute after a solid run from Pride front rower Paea Pua. Pride jumped out through hooker Jayden Hodges and found Christian looming large after another run and off-load from Pua.

Julian Christian scores. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Julian Christian scores. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

The Pride’s defence kept the Jets rucking it out and kicking from their own territory and led to attacking defence and forcing a repeat set. The Jets defence couldn’t hold the Pride out and on the left Bernard Lewis had his seventh try in game number seventeen in Cup.

Will Partridge missed with his conversion out wide but the Pride had the start they were craving at 10-0 after 17 minutes.

On the back of a penalty in the 20th minute, the Jets were able to get good ball in attacking position for the first time but the attack didn’t yield any points as the Pride turned the Jets away.

The blue and orange wall of defence kept turning the Jets down dark alleys with no way out.

Tyler Coburn with the ball. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Tyler Coburn with the ball. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

An enterprising run and offload from Jets captain Nat Neale saw the Jets move upfield and again look to attack the Pride, but the last pass found the grass and the Jets couldn’t crack the Pride.

It was Christian again that had an impact on the game, returning the ball into the Jets half which sparked four players sitting out for 10 minutes.

Joseph Ratuvakacerivalu and Bernard Lewis from Pride, and Gerome Burns with Denzel Burns from the Jets, earned a cool down after the two teams came together on half way.

Attacking. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Attacking. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

The Pride took their 10-0 lead to half-time.

It took two minutes for Pride to work down the field in the second half and launch a bomb that was spilt by the Jets and pounced on by winger Mark Rosendale to take the score to 14-0 to Pride.

At 14-0, Jets fans were dreaming of a 2010 style comeback where the Jets completed one of their greatest ever fightbacks against the Pride; clawing their way back from trailing 16-0 at half-time to win 22-16

At 20-0 when Ash Little crashed over for his first try in the Cup, the comeback seemed a long way away for Jets fans.

Jets winger Denzel Burns finally dented the Pride defence with eight minutes to go when he sliced through out the back on the left and scored his eighth try for the Jets in 13 games.

The Pride iced the win with a try on full-time when half Matt Egan crossed over to make the full-time score 26-6. 

This was a win built on defence and hooker and captain Jayden Hodges was happy with the Pride effort without the ball.

“We defended well in the finals and we brought to our game again tonight, I was really happy with our defence,” Hodges said.

"Three in the sin bin wasn’t great discipline but to keep the Jets to nil until the 70th minute was pleasing.”

The Jets will play Mackay Cutters in Round 2.

Pride will take on Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Iona College.

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